While sitting down for an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert asked Jude Law about an error he noticed between films. The man who plays the young Dumbledore didn’t even notice this continuity error until it was pointed out to him by another cast member.
In the first Fantastic Beasts film, when Gellert Grindelwald is mentioned, his name is pronounced “Grindelwald.” But that’s not how it’s pronounced by certain characters in the second film. Dumbledore calls him “Grindelvald,” pronouncing the “w” like people who speak German do.
“I dived straight in calling him ‘Grindlevald’, assuming that because I have this very good friendship with him that I got it right,” He told Colbert. “Eddie Redmayne, who plays the great Newt Scamander, pointed out halfway through the film, ‘I don’t call him that. I call him Grindelwald.’ But it was too late. I think it’s because, you know, Albus knows him well and at some point, Gellert said, ‘Can you please call me ‘Grindelvald.’ I’m sticking to that.”
Since the beginning of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world saga, the names of her characters have been butchered by fans. First, there was Hermione. Fans pronounced her name in a variety of terrible ways (including Her-moan-y) until they were corrected in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book.
Grindelwald isn’t even the first of Rowling’s dark wizards to have a name that’s been pronounced several different ways. In 2015, Rowling revealed that the entire world, even the beloved Harry Potter movies, have been saying the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s name incorrectly. The “T” in Voldemort is silent. His name is French and should be pronounced as “Vol-de-MOR.” Maybe that’s just because everyone was too scared to call him that for years and they forgot, though?
It must drive dark wizards crazy to have their names mispronounced on a global scale, so we’re going to stick to Grindelwald with a “W.”